Saturday, May 19, 2012

Summer Makeup and Beauty Tips

I love the summer months. I used to hate how hot and sweaty they are, but now summer calls me to read out by the pool, take my dog to the dog park, and drink margaritas. Summer is also the time when I can start wearing eye makeup again since my allergies have calmed down. That being said, summer is often not very friendly to my regular beauty routine. Here are my top summer makeup tips to help keep you looking fabulous and feeling beautiful, even through the dog days.

1. Wear Sunscreen

I know this one is a given, but it is something that I often forget to do! Even if you are wearing makeup that has an SPF in it, that might not be enough. Makeup products tend to use different types of sun-blocking ingredients than good ole sunscreen. I highly recommend using a specialty sunscreen for your face. These tend to be less greasy and kinder to skin. My favorites are Aveeno and Neutrogeena facial sunscreens. Also, be sure to apply sunscreens to your chest and decotage. These areas in particular show sun damage very easily. Technically, we should all be wearing sunscreen year round, but it is especially important in the summertime.

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2. Ease Up on Foundation

Hot weather  = sweating. Heavy liquid foundations and sweat do not mix. Raise your hand if you have ever had foundation running on your face during the summer? I am totally guilty of this. The remedy: ease up on your foundation. Try to pick a foundation with lighter coverage or that is less liquid. I love Maybelline Dream Nude Air Foam precisely for this reason. It is light on the skin, yet still provides coverage. If you can, abandon liquid foundations all together. Opt for a powder foundation instead. My favorite is by bareMinerals, but many drugstore brands also have powder foundations. Powder foundations tend to soak up sweat and stay in place better than liquid based foundations. Alternatively, try a BB cream. These even out skin tones and tend to be a bit less heavy on the face. If you must use a liquid foundation, try setting it with translucent powder.

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3. Prime and Prep Your Face

So you spend all this time and energy putting on your makeup. Maybe you even bought special products specifically for the summer - only to find that it fades as you sweat. The solution? A primer. Primers help absorb oils from your skin so your makeup stays in place. Are you sensing a theme with this set of tips? Pick up a primer for your face and one for your eyes. Make sure they are oil free! I am particularly fond of the Prime Time line from bareEscentuals as well as Urban Decay Primer Potion for eyes. 

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4. Waterproof Your Eyes

The best way to make your mascara and eye make up stay? Go waterproof. Yes, these will be a bit of a pain to remove. Many do not come off with soap or water. BUT you also won't have mascara or eyeliner running down your eyes. Waterproof mascara is a must for me during the summer or anytime I really want my mascara to last for at least 12 hours. I recommend CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof mascara. If you are an eyeliner girl, consider picking up a waterproof pencil in your favorite shade. For eye shadows, try to go for powders rather than creams (which tend to melt on the eye with the heat). Don't forget to use your eye primer before applying liner and shadow. 

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5. Dare to Go Bare

The healthiest way to prevent breakouts and keep your skin staying fabulous this summer is to simply go makeup free. I know many of us don't feel comfortable doing this, but give it a try for a day or two - especially during the dog days of summer. I am the kind of girl who always feels sallow without a bit of blush. My skin tends to lack radiance no matter how much water I drink. To perk up my skin and give it a healthy glow, I use Jergens Natural Glow face and body products. Often I find that this product alone gives my skin a healthy look and tone so I feel confident enough to go makeup free. If you do want to wear makeup, try using less product and see how you feel during the summer. Finally, carry some oil blotting sheets in your purse. These help soak up oil and don't disturb makeup (if you choose to wear it). 

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I hope you find these tips helpful. They are my go to beauty and makeup tips during the summer months. Do you change your beauty routine when the thermometer goes up?

Stay beautiful! 
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